Striders have a strong presence in Grand Prix event

22 Beth Ruddock pips 138 Diane Fletcher. Picture by Colin Hannant

22 Beth Ruddock pips 138 Diane Fletcher. Picture by Colin Hannant

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Seaford Striders had a strong presence at the latest event on the Sussex Grand Prix circuit, the Heathfield 10K which is held on quiet country lanes around the villages of Cross In Hand and Waldron.

A well organised, tough but enjoyable race, the talk on the start line at the local Rugby Club was of the heat and the notable final climb up Back Lane. Starting with a downhill sprint as the runners plummet down towards Waldron, there follows a 4k stretch ending at the lowest part of the route, although you’d never believe it due to the constant undulations.

The last 5k is an uphill slog, with the brutal final kilometre guaranteeing to empty anything left in the tank and being payback for the initial downhill at the start. After conquering the hill, the race ends with an agonising lap of the Rugby pitch made bearable by encouragement from faster finishing teammates and perhaps thoughts of the bar at the finish. Heat was a major factor with runners criss-crossing the lanes to take advantage of any shade.

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